From Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th July, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and The Duchess of Cornwall undertook their annual visit to the South West, undertaking a number of public engagements and visits to Duchy of Cornwall sites.
On Monday, His Royal Highness visited the Tregunnel Hill and Nansledan developments outside Truro to view recent progress. Estate Director Ben Murphy and Project Manager Peter James led The Duke on a tour on of the site, meeting builders, contractors, local residents and business owners.
At the Newquay Methodist Centre Hub, His Royal Highness met with Nansledan Community Association Chair, Theresa Fergus, and presented prizes to the winners of the Association’s Nansledan logo competition. Ruan Payne, aged 5, won for overall logo design and Alison Bailey was awarded first place for her logo strapline, “A Community with Character.”
Following a private meeting, The Duke visited the Nansledan Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) and planted a commemorative Birch tree.
On Tuesday, His Royal Highness travelled to Bonyalva Farm to meet the Andrews family and learn about their dairy herd. The Duke then visited Tresemple Farm near Truro to meet its new tenants, Rhys and Lois Morris, who moved in last year. During the visit, His Royal Highness toured the new farm buildings, the construction of which was undertaken by the Duchy to support the Morris family who are starter farmers.
That evening, The Duke and The Duchess together attended a special reception hosted at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery in Lostwithiel to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of His Royal Highness’s Chairmanship of The Prince’s Council. The Duke and The Duchess met with Duchy staff, tenants and Council members.
Following a brief speech by Sir Nicholas Bacon, His Royal Highness addressed the assembled guests by saying,
“The great joy is to see so many of you here this evening whose fathers were the tenant farmers when I first became involved 50 years ago…the wonderful thing about the Duchy of Cornwall has always been that family association going back all these generations.”
Before departing, The Duke presented Head Forester Geraint Richards with the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Gold Medal Award. The presentation of the award, which is the highest honour that can be awarded by the RFS for services to forestry, was preceded by a dedication from the Society’s President, Andrew Woods.
More details of all public engagements undertaken by Their Royal Highnesses in the South West can be found on The Prince of Wales website.
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